Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
Nadeem Malik (Arrested)
Address: 6494 Gulfwind, Apt 3, St. Pete Beach
Arrested for two counts Sales and Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession With Intent to Sell a Controlled Substance.
Detectives have arrested a convenience store clerk after he sold K-2/spice items containing the chemical XLR-11 to an undercover narcotics detective. The arrest is the first of its kind for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office under the Attorney General’s emergency order which banned this chemical substance.
The suspect was arrested on April 2, 2013.
The suspect was arrested at the Sunshine Food and Gifts convenience store located at 6880 Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach.
Detectives received information that illegal substances were being sold at the St. Pete Beach convenience store. On January 9th and 11th the clerk identified as 40-year-old Nadeem Malik sold K-2/spice items to an undecover Pinellas County Narcotics detective. The substances were sent to the Medical Examiners Forensic Lab for analysis. The substances were determined to be a schedule one controlled substance, specifically XLR11.
On April 2nd, 2013 detectives returned to the store to effect and arrest on Malik. While in the store, Malik voluntairly surrendered four large zip-lock freezer bags containing different types of “potpourri” items. The items were concealed behind the counter, inside a garbage can under a large garbage bag. During the interview, Malik told deputies that he sells the substances at the direction of the store owner.
Malik was arrested for two counts Sales and Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession With Intent to Sell a Controlled Substance; and was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.
Among the items surrendered were 104 small canisters of the same K-2 spice purchase by the undercover detective; 29 additional canisters with a different date and with a disclaimer stating it complied with current legal guidelines; and 122 foil packages containing similar substances. The substances have been sent for analysis. The approximate value of the items is $2,280.
The investigation continues.